Sonic and yet so far
Chevy’s new Sonic stretches your fuel and maintenance budgetBy Alvin Uy |Philippine Daily Inquirer
THE COVENANT Car Company Inc. (TCCCI), exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet car in the Philippines recently introduced its all-new Chevrolet Sonic in the highly competitive sub-compact segment. This is also the biggest segment in the car market right now and with its sedan and hatchback designs, it comes in four variants—an automatic 6-speed transmission and manual transmission for both the sedan and hatchback models. Prices are as follows—P778,888 for the manual version and P828,888 for the automatic version for the sedan model while the hatchback is priced at P788,888 for the manual version and P838,888 for the automatic transmission variant.
All models are powered by the same 1.4-liter Ecotec engine featuring the double Continuous-Variable Cam-phase (CVC), which Chevrolet claims it will provide a more efficient engine and better power using its improved fuel injectors. It is used in combination with better oxygen sensors thus optimizing it fuel injection ratios, promising better emission figures. The fuel system features a “return-less” fuel rail and electronically controlled EGR valve that ensures that all the fuel that circulates in the engine are smartly utilized and maximized. For the automatic transmission variant, its 6-speed slushbox also offers best-in-class performance for both city and highway driving.
On the outside, the front is consistent with Chevrolet’s design language with its signature grille styling but what is notable about this model is it uses a dual exposed headlamp design, which resembles that of a high-performance motorbike. These headlamps look like they pop out without the traditional acrylic lens cover, giving it a more three-dimensional look and texture. Chevrolet also made the fender gaps smaller to make sure there is lesser wind noise. On the inside, its motorbike-inspired instrument cluster and dual-cockpit layout offers an equally sporty look. Functional features like steering wheel mounted audio controls and multimedia digital connectivity allows the new-generation driver to appreciate modern features usually found in upper-market-segment cars. Its ample storage space and 2nd row 60:40 split fold allows better and more flexible cargo loading and convenience.
Modern-day ‘super heroes’
“Chevrolet, a brand of over one hundred years, acknowledges that Filipinos of today are everyday heroes that strive to attain excellence and success for oneself and family. The brand recognizes that in this time and age, Filipinos exert exceptional effort and goes to great lengths to achieve a good work life balance. We are pertaining to the young couple who works more than 8 hours a day but never neglects the needs of their children; the hands-on entrepreneur that does multiple tasks and maximizes every minute to ensure the success of the business; the newly promoted manager who takes full accountability for his work and never lets his team and family down. Basically, they are what we call the modern-day “Super Heroes.” To reward them, we at Chevrolet offer a vehicle that complements their strengths, versatility and impressive characteristics—The all-new Chevrolet Sonic. This new vehicle possesses the style and practical function that helps our “everyday heroes” live-up to their super roles” said TCCCI president and managing director Albert Arcilla.
5-year warranty program
The Sonic is part of Chevrolet’s 5-year warranty program in which TCCCI offers with a warranty coverage of five years or 100,000 km, whichever comes first, and the warranty service is fully transferable and remains in effect even when there is a change in ownership, continuing the remaining warranty period from the vehicle’s date of purchase. “Warranties normally cover just the first 2-3 years of a vehicle’s life. Now, Chevrolet Philippines is willing to go the extra mile to provide our customers with an experience of sustainable mobility and low cost of ownership through five years of assured quality and peace of mind”, added Arcilla, citing that Chevys 5-year warranty program is being offered as part of Chevrolet’s ongoing drive to put a premium on its products and services.
TCCCI’s assurance to all new Chevy owners is a true mark of confidence in their products which is backed up by a formal warranty program, making sure that all repairs will be undertaken in the dealers’ authorized service centers with their company-trained technicians, expressing that the extended warranty goes through Chevrolet’s quality, service and workmanship standards, even on the 4th and even fifth year of ownership.
Aside from the warranty, TCCCI also offers a 3-year free roadside assistance and a 24/7 Chevy Hotline service.
For more information about the all-new Chevrolet Sonic, log on to www.chevrolet.com.ph.